Michigan Football: More Momentum on the Recruiting Trail

Moeller running back Jordan Marshall runs the ball during the Crusaders' state semifinal against Springfield Friday, Nov 25, 2022.Moeller2
Moeller running back Jordan Marshall runs the ball during the Crusaders' state semifinal against Springfield Friday, Nov 25, 2022.Moeller2 /

The Michigan football program is on fire right now on the trail, and there are no signs that they’re slowing down. 

Everyone who pays attention to Michigan football recruiting has been anxiously awaiting the commitment of 5-star quarterback Jadyn Davis. The Wolverines struck out on 5-star QB Dante Moore in 2023, and are lacking future depth at the position. Davis has been the most important recruit in the 2024 class since the staff began to pursue him.

Michigan football has been the perceived leader for about a year now, if not longer. He’s been on campus countless times, and with the lack of competition on the recruiting trail, it was a question as to why Davis wouldn’t end his recruitment.

Fans across the nation (myself included) were beginning to worry that the all-your-eggs-in-one-basket approach was going to burn the Wolverines again.

After all, without an elite QB recruit in 2024, the future at the quarterback position would be very uncertain, with the chance that star quarterback JJ McCarthy declares for the NFL draft following this upcoming season.

When Davis announced he was going to release a top-five, it seemed like just another unnecessary delay in his recruitment. After an amazing visit led by new Quarterbacks coach Kirk Campbell, the Wolverines were convinced that they had done enough to get Davis on board. A top 5 tweet, however, seemed to push things back even further.

That is, until another announcement came out. Shortly after Davis’ tweet about announcing a top 5, Charlotte Observer columnist Langston Wertz Jr. tweeted another announcement, saying that Davis is planning on committing on March 31st, a week after dropping his top 5.

This is the news Michigan football fans and staff were hoping for. With a commitment coming very shortly, there really seems to be no competition besides Michigan. Davis hasn’t expressed much interest elsewhere, and nobody really knows who besides Michigan is going to make the top 5.

With that being said, I’m as confident as I’ve ever been that Davis will be a Michigan Wolverine commit on March 31st. While I’m not a gambler, I’d bet the house on it. If he were to commit anywhere else, it’d be the biggest recruiting shock in a long time, maybe ever.

There are zero indications that Davis will consider anywhere but Michigan, so with that being said it looks like a major recruiting win is on the horizon for the Wolverines.

Another loaded week of recruits visiting Michigan football

After the past two weeks, you’d think things would start to cool off for the Wolverines, visit-wise. But nope, they’ve got another weekend of elite targets visiting. Here are some of the notable names.

Top 100 Four-Star Safety Zaquan Patterson (FL)

Patterson comes from the same school as 2025 top 100 commit Chris Ewald Jr. He will also be visiting with Ewald. Patterson has quietly been showing a ton of interest in the Wolverines. He’s visited Ann Arbor unofficially multiple times and has Ewald in his ear persuading him to hop on board.

While it’s always tough to pull elite players from the south, Patterson is definitely a real possibility, and he would be a great addition to the 2024 class.

Four Star Safety Jordon Johnson-Rubell (FL)

The four-star safety out of IMG Academy is going to be a very tough pull. Johnson-Rubell is expected to be at Ohio State to start the weekend, before ending it in Ann Arbor. This is a national battle, with schools like Texas, Alabama, and Ohio State firmly competing for Johnson-Rubell’s services.

While I don’t feel great about Michigan’s chances in this one, momentum is a very powerful force. The Wolverines have tons of momentum, and the staff is going to be trying to sell that here. Don’t count out the Wolverines.

Four Star DL Jordan Thomas (NJ)

Thomas visiting is a direct result of the rehiring of Chris Partridge. When Partridge was on staff, the Wolverines dominated New Jersey, notably landing number 1 prospect Rashan Gary. Partridge, a former high school coach in New Jersey, has tons of connections and has gotten the Wolverines into this recruitment.

Getting Thomas on campus is a huge step. His recruitment has been relatively quiet, so the Wolverines definitely have a chance to land Thomas. The four-star would be an excellent addition to the defensive line. It’ll be up to Mike Elston, who has been an ace recruiter, to move the needle with Thomas.

Four-Star WR I’Marion Stewart (IL)

Stewart already has multiple crystal ball predictions in favor of Michigan football.

Michigan is the heavy favorite, and Stewart is a likely commitment candidate for this weekend (or shortly after). It’s been previously noted that Stewart wanted to see what would happen for Michigan quarterback-wise, but with the Jadyn Davis recruitment seemingly ending, there should be no more holdbacks for Stewart.

This visit feels more like a formality, giving Stewart a chance to see how the coaching staff interacts with their players on a day-to-day basis in a practice setting. I’m expecting Stewart to commit sooner rather than later, and I’d say it’s relatively likely that he makes things official before the end of March.


The Wolverines have tons of momentum right now. This class could, and probably should, end up being Harbaugh’s best so far. Over the next couple of weeks, I’d expect multiple commitments and even more momentum.

This is the recruiting success we’ve been waiting for. The program is in an excellent place, and the future seems very bright.

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Go Blue!